Kia has updated its Optima saloon and Optima Sportswagon estate with revised styling, new engines and additional technology, with a new price of £22,260 for the entry-level saloon, and £33,350 for the fast, sporty Optima Sportswagon GT.
The models were first displayed at the Geneva motor show, but are now open for order in the UK. Equivalent Sportswagons take a premium of around £860 over their saloon counterparts.
A new 1.6-litre diesel engine with 134bhp and 236lb ft replaces the 139bhp 1.7 CRDi unit in the Optima. The new powerplant employs selective catalytic reduction, which, Kia claims, "significantly reduces emissions".
Kia's existing 178bhp 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol unit, which is also used in the Kia Sportage and Hyundai Kona, has also been added to the engine line-up, slotting between the naturally aspirated 161bhp 2.0 GDi and the 242bhp 2.0 T-GDi of the Optima GT. This is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.
In addition, a new drive mode selector, which alters accelerator and steering responses, lets drivers choose from four set-ups: Eco, Comfort, Sport and automatic.